Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER FOUR
IN THE GILDED CAGE.
MRS. FAIRLEIGH HAD GAINED her object, and to this, as we may suppose, she attached no little importance. She already began to calculate the increased attractions of her circle, and her own increase of
consequence, from the possession of one who could so largely minister
to the desires of society, who was at once so beautiful, so graceful, and so
gifted in music.
Then there were the domestic services to be considered; the reading
when she was weary or coveted the last fashionable novel; the sewing and
knitting; the doing up of the muslins, and the seamstress capacity, in all
of which she had discovered that, though indolent, Rose was capable.
Her indolence she felt satisfied she had the art, or power, to overcome.
And all these were to be had for nothing! She herself was not too proud
to be grateful to the pride of Mrs. Jane Carter, who hooted at the idea
of salary or any stated compensation. Proud people are sometimes very
mean of spirit, and bring their arithmetic to bear closely upon their obli-
gations and affections.
The result of Mrs. Fairleigh's calculations was shown in her contin-
ued flatteries of her beautiful charge, as they rode homewards. Again she
described to her the delights of fine society; the gay routes; the grateful
associations, and, more delicately, the possibilities of conquest, among
the grand and rich, of a fine woman, who knows the proper use of the
trumps in her hand.